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Kazakhstan to enhance monitoring of first stage launcher impact area

Kazakhstan to enhance monitoring of first stage launcher impact area

06.07.17

Soyuz-2.1a rocket along with Progress MS-06 cargo spacecraft were launched from Baikonur Space Center in mid-June. As planned, the first stage launcher withdrew and fell near Talap village of Karaganda region. However, due to the strong heat, debris falling caused a great grassland fire. Two members of NPO Mashinostroyenia Military and Industrial Corporation, arriving to the assigned area, died because of the uncontrolled spread of fire.

To avoid repeating the tragedy, Kazakhstan and Russian special forces units decided to create special land-based rapid action teams. They will be provided with fire engines, drones and other ways for monitoring impact areas of rocket parts. Area shooting will be conducted from the satellite.

The Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan stresses that drones will be launched right after missile liftoff in order to detect threatening factors and swiftly determine first stage debris.

After NPO Mashinostroyenia tragedy, one reviewed the rules of carrying out operations in rocket debris impact areas and attracted additional fire-fighting and special equipment.